As 5G is gearing up for market deployment, the European 5G Observatory provides updates on all of the latest market developments, including actions being undertaken by the private and public sectors, in the field of 5G. The 5G observatory also delivers an analysis of the strategic implications of the 5G Action Plan and other public policy objectives.

The Observatory focuses on 5G developments in Europe, along with major international developments (USA, Japan, China, South Korea) that could impact the European market.

Latest News in Europe

Telefonica and NEC announce open RAN trials in Spain, Germany, the UK and Brazil

Telefonica and NEC have announced the launch of an Open-RAN live pilot in four global markets. The two companies will conduct pre-commercial trials in Telefonica’s four core global markets: Spain, Germany, the UK and Brazil. The announcement follows successful trials conducted by Telefonica in Germany and the UK. NEC will serve as the prime system […]

Nokia restarts O-RAN Alliance work

Nokia has resumed its technical contribution to the O-RAN alliance after the group announced assurances its work complied with US regulation. In a blog post, mobile networks president Tommi Uitto reiterated Nokia’s commitment to the O-RAN alliance. The company had previously paused its work on the alliance, citing fear of US penalties for working with […]

Deutsche Telekom hopes to spur industrial innovation in new 5G Campus

Deutsche Telekom has announced that it is building a 5G campus network. The network will be located in the Future Factory Hub, which is currently being constructed in Werner-con-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science e.V in Berlin. In the 5G area of the project, Deutsche Telekom plans to research and test applications for autonomous production […]

Nokia wins 5G contracts in Eastern Europe

Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia has announced that it has extended its contract with A1 Telekom Austria Group to provide 5G services to Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovenia. The deal sees Nokia providing 5G radio access network (RAN) technology in all three Eastern European countries, which connect devices to the mobile network.

Swedish Telia teams up with innovative agriculture startup Ekobot

Swedish telecommunication’s company Telia has teamed up with Ekobot, a sustainable farming startup. The two companies completed a pilot in which Telia’s 5G network was deployed to control and monitor Ekobot’s smart robot on a Swedish farm. Ekobot’s autonomous robot uses cameras and AI to identify and remove weeds, allowing farmers to automate work and […]

Nokia launches new 5G network security programme

Nokia today announced a new professional level course on 5G network security. The Nokia Bell Labs 5G Secured Networks course is part of Nokia’s program to train and certify industry professionals on 5G technology. Nokia head of people services Sergio Fasce said, “With security breaches dominating news headlines at an alarming rate, the Nokia Bell Labs 5G […]

Croatia completes 5G spectrum auction

Croatia’s has completed its 5G spectrum auction, raising a total of HRK 359 million (€47.9 million). The countries three national operators, Telemach Hrvatska, Hrvatski Telecom and A1 Hrvatska acquired national licenses across three bands. Each of the three national operators won a 2 x 10 MHz block in the 700 MHz band, paying a total […]

Spain raises over 1 billion EUR in 700 MHz auction

This was Spain’s second sale of 5G-suitable spectrum, following an auction covering the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz bands in 2018

Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom and Samsung complete ‘world-first’ 5G E2E network slicing trial

Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson and Samsung have announced a successful trial using network slicing technology. The trial, which took place at Deutsche Telekom’s lab in Bonn, Germany, has been described as a “world first”. The trial used a VR streaming game running on a Samsung S21 attached to a VR headset. This device was connected to […]

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Latest News outside Europe

UK Government launches competition to boost 5G rollout

The UK government has launched a £4m pound competition that will explore ways to make it easier for mobile operators to deploy 5G infrastructure on public street furniture such as lampposts, bus shelters. In a press release, the government says “Street furniture and buildings can be used to host 5G network equipment more cheaply, quickly […]

Canada completed its 3.5GHz 5G auction

The auction raised 8.9 billion CAD (6 billion EUR) after 103 rounds of bidding

First Indonesian operators launched commercial 5G services

Telkomsel and Indosat Ooredoo launched 5G services in June

Canada begins 3.5GHz spectrum auction

The government’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) department selling off 200 MHz of spectrum and 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas

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